This course is a big-picture science course that examines major scientific questions related to the co-evolution of life and the environment. It offers an understanding of Gaia Theory, Earth history and the theory of evolution. It also provides insight in to contemporary issues such as environmental preservation, climate change and the role of the microbial world in both human and planetary health. A good pre-requisite would be a semester of any science - though one can take the course without previous experience in science. The course is a critical thinking course that teaches how scientists think and generate knowledge through lectures, discussions, films and recordings made by scientists who are leaders in their fields. Students are required to read scientific papers, give presentations on scientific topics, and learn to write a scientific abstract.
Monday, November 7, 2016 to Monday, February 6, 2017